Uncle Ray

Guinness World Records  - The World's Most Durable Radio DJ
Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcasting
MBE By Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England
BBS - Bronze Bauhinia Star Award By HKSAR

 

 

About Uncle Ray

Ray Cordeiro, also known as Uncle Ray by all music lovers in Hong Kong, was born on 12 December 1924. He first started his career as a clerk in Hong Kong Bank in 1946, shortly after he graduated from St. Joseph's College. In 1949, Uncle Ray made a move to join Rediffusion as a script writer and later was promoted to the rank of DJ. The very first program hosted by Uncle Ray was called "Progressive Jazz".

In 1960, Uncle Ray joined Radio Television Hong Kong ("RTHK") as the Head of Light Music, and creating another world record - 61 years in radio broadcasting.

 

Milestones in Uncle Ray's career

Uncle Ray attended a 3 months BBC course in Britain in 1964. He interviewed the Beatles twice in Britain and then in Hong Kong. Altogether, he had interviewed the Beatles 3 times in his lifetime and just once would have been the dream of any DJ.

In 1970, Uncle Ray led a group of Hong Kong's top bands to perform at the 1970 Osaka Expo and was found to be the most well-attended event in the Expo. He started his longest broadcast radio program in Hong Kong, "All The Way With Ray" in the same year.

Uncle Ray's another radio program "Lucky Dip" was recognized as one of the most important and most popular radio shows in Hong Kong's entertainment business that helped to create the music scene of band sound in the 60's and 70's featuring some of the most popular singers and bands of that era, like Joe Junior, Teddy Robin and the Playboys, Irene Ryder, Roman Tam and the Four Steps, Sam Hui and the Lotus.

In 1987, Uncle Ray was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace, London.

In December 1997, during RTHK's launch of 70th anniversary of Broadcasting in Hong Kong, Uncle Ray was bestowed with "THE LIFE-TIME ACHIEVEMENT IN BROADCASTING AWARD" by one of his favorite pop idols, Paul Anka.

In 2000, Uncle Ray was awarded Guinness World Records the World's Most Durable DJ. Uncle Ray's RTHK show "All The Way With Ray" has been broadcasting for more than 30 years since 1970! Yes, Uncle Ray is breaking the records every night now!

In Aug 2001, Uncle Ray was awarded by the Management and Staff of Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., Graceland, Memphis for his over 30 years of contribution to Elvis and his fan club in Hong Kong.

In 2008, Uncle Ray was awarded the BBS, the Bronze Bauhinia Star Award by HKSAR.

 

 

Stars Interviewed by Uncle Ray

1. THE BEATLES (3 times)

2. THE BEACH BOYS

3. BILLY ECKSTINE

4. BROTHERS FOUR

5. BUDDY RICH

6. CARLOS SANTANA

7. CARMEN CAVALLARO

8. KAREN AND RICHARD CARPENTERS

9. CILLA BLACK

10. CLASSICS 4

11. CLIFF RICHARD (4 times)

12. DONNY & MARIE OSMOND

13. DES O'CONNOR

14. DON MCLEAN

15. DONNA SUMMER

16. DRIFTERS

17. DUKE ELLINGTON

18. ELLA FITZGERALD

19. EDDIE FISHER

20. ELTON JOHN (3 times)

21. ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS

22. FRANK SINATRA

23. FRANKIE VAUGHAN

24. DAVID CASSIDY

25. GERRY &THE PACEMAKERS

26. HELEN SHAPIRO

27. HENRY MANCINI

28. HERMAN'S HERMITS

29. HOLLIES

30. LES PAUL & MARY FORD

31. LIONEL RICHIE

32. MANFRED MANN

33. MATT MONRO (3 times)

34. MILLS BROS

35. NEIL SEDAKA

36. OSCAR PETERSON

37. PATTI PAGE

38. PAUL ANKA

39. PAUL MAURIAT

40. QUINCY JONES

41. ROLLING STONES

42. SAMMY DAVIS JR.

43. SARAH VAUGHAN

44. SEARCHERS

45. SHADOWS

46. SHEENA EASTEN

47. SWING BLUES JEANS

48. PLATTERS (Original with Tony Williams)

49. TURTLES

50. TONY WILLIAMS

51. VENTURES

52. VINCE HILL

53. THE WHO

54. PETER, PAUL AND MARY

55. DIANA KRALL

56. JOSE FELICIANO

57. LOBO

58. NORAH JONES

59. BEE GEES

60. ROBERTA FLACK

61. BONEY M

62. QUINCY JONES

63. ENGRLBERT HUMPERDRICK

64. ELLA FITZERALD

65. OSCAR PETERSON

and the list just goes on and on....